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New Monthly Farmers Markets in Staines

Come and visit the New Staines-upon-Thames Farmer’s Market, Sunday 9th September on the high street from 9:30am

Each month the Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market will bring you a mouth-watering selection of the very best fresh local produce, seasonal, artisan and street foods and fine crafts. Launched in August, the response has been overwhelming and we are looking to build on this success each month. Come and see for yourself! There is lots of affordable and easily accessible car parking within Staines-upon-Thames located at both Two Rovers and the Elmsleigh Centre.

The Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market is supported by the Staines-upon-Thames Business Improvement District (www.visitstaines.co.uk)

Farmers Market Dates for your diary:
Sunday 9th September – Staines High Street
Sunday 14th October – Staines High Street
Sunday 11th November – Two Rivers ( a 2 minute walk from Staines High Street)
Sunday 9th December – Staines High Street
Sunday 13th January – Staines High Street

For further information and to see a list of confirmed stallholders please go to:  https://www.visitstaines.co.uk/whats-on/

 

Estate Planning for Business Owners

ESTATE PLANNING FOR BUSINESS OWNERS: Protecting you and your estate

As a business owner, it is fair to say that high on your list of long-term priorities will be the growth and
development of your business. After all, it was your creativity, ambition and drive that have got you and your business to where it is today, whether as a sole trader, partnership or a limited company.

Ask any business owner to list the key long-term drivers in their life today and top of the list would probably be their family, whether immediate or wider, followed by a desire to enjoy all that life has to offer. It is not surprising therefore that in many cases business owners, driven by their desire to succeed in business, can lose sight of what impact their untimely death, ill health or loss of mental capacity could have; not only on the business, but on the wider wellbeing of their family.

The loss of valuable leadership can cripple a business. Adequate estate protection such as life assurance or
critical illness plans, income replacement plans or Inheritance tax-efficient business Wills are but a few of
many options available to you to ensure your dependants are adequately provided for. It is often forgotten but equally important to give as much thought to succession plans for your business.

In addressing these matters,the following are a few of the issues you may wish to consider:
• The implications of not leaving a valid Will and the effect the rules of intestacy could have on the distribution of your assets and, therefore, on your heirs.
• Who have you left your business interests to, in the event of your death?
• If you have left your share in the business to your spouse, do you fully understand the Inheritance Tax and commercial implications of doing so?
• Do you know, or have you sought advice to confirm, whether the value of your business interests will
qualify for Business Relief?
• If you are in partnership, or are a shareholder in a company, have you reviewed your partnership agreement or memorandum and articles of association recently, regarding the acquisition of a deceased partner’s or co-shareholder’s stake in the business?
• Have you given any thought as to how the surviving shareholders/partners can fund the acquisition of a
deceased shareholder’s/partner’s share of the business?

You may have already taken advice and put plans in place. If so, then you are in the minority as few business owners give any serious thought as to what will happen to the business after they have gone, or if they do take action, it is usually too little too late.

Protecting you and your estate:

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The need for advice:

Addressing many of the points detailed above can be confusing. It is therefore important to seek professional advice to ensure that you get things right. St. James’s Place fully understands these issues and our Partners are able to assist you by finding the right solutions.
We can introduce you to one of our preferred Will writing providers to ensure that you have in place an
appropriate and properly executed Will. For more information, please speak with your St. James’s Place Partner.

Next Steps:

Should you wish to take control over how your business should continue as you would want it to, don’t leave it to chance. Start now to explore what options are open to you to develop a clear plan to achieve your desired objectives.

To find out more about any of the issues outlined in this factsheet, or any of the products and services available
from St. James’s Place, please contact your St. James’s Place Partner.
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to a separate and distinct service to those offered by St. James’s Place.
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Spelthorne awarded Green Flag status

Spelthorne Borough Council is delighted to announce that the Sunbury Walled Garden and Staines Cemetery have been awarded Green Flag status.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The historic Walled Garden in Sunbury Park was built in the early part of the 18th Century. Following years of neglect, Spelthorne Council embarked on a restoration project of the two acre garden in 1985. Now home to over 200 varieties of clematis, this ‘hidden gem’ provides a tranquil spot all year round. Free music concerts are being held in the Walled Garden during July and August – visit http://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/musicfor details.

Staines Cemetery is one of four cemeteries in the Borough and is open to visitors from 7.30am – 8.30pm (April-Sept) and 7.30am – 6pm (Oct-Mar).

Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of the Council, said: “We get so many compliments about the Walled Garden and Staines Cemetery so it’s fantastic that they have been recognised by the Green Flag team. A huge amount of work goes into the upkeep and maintenance of our parks and open spaces and these awards are a tribute to the dedication of everyone involved.”

International Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, Paul Todd, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year. Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

 

Spelthorne Borough Council welcomes Government go-ahead for Heathrow expansion

Spelthorne Borough Council welcomes Government go-ahead for Heathrow expansion

 

Heathrow expansion has moved one step closer with the parliamentary vote on the National Policy Statement (NPS) on 25 June, giving the go-ahead for a new north-west runway at Heathrow Airport.

Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: “I welcome this news, which helps remove uncertainty for our residents and businesses and represents an important milestone in what has been a very long process to date.

I remain fully committed to realising the benefits that a new north-west runway at Heathrow will bring, in terms of economic growth, boosting jobs and skills, and improving local as well as national transport connectivity.

However we should not underestimate the task ahead of us. The real work starts now. Development in our Borough must be proportionate, appropriate, and bring long-term, sustainable benefits, such as the Southern Light Rail Scheme, to Spelthorne.

We must not end up the poor relation when it comes to airport-related infrastructure and development in our Borough. That is why the Council has set up a working group of officers, led by Cabinet Member Cllr John Boughtflower, to examine in detail all of the proposals as they emerge, to provide a structured and evidence-based analysis that we will use to work with Heathrow to get the best possible deal for the Borough and a positive legacy for our communities.

Neither do we think it is acceptable that Council Taxpayers foot the bill for this comprehensive piece of work. We will be looking for full recompense for work undertaken to test the assumptions and modelling put forward by Heathrow as the detailed plans emerge, including calling in technical expertise where necessary”.

Cllr John Boughtflower, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Heathrow expansion, said: “The Council’s support for Heathrow has always been heavily dependent on making sure that any negative effects are properly mitigated.

We are now going further: we intend to take every opportunity to ensure that Heathrow commit to the list of ten requirements recently put to them in our consultation response, which we think best protect the interests of the Borough’s residents, businesses and the local environment. In particular, we think that Heathrow must expand the “Wider Property Offer Zone” to our communities. We will also be making it clear to Heathrow that disproportionate and inappropriate development is not acceptable”.

 

 

Notes to editors:

Spelthorne’s list of ten requirements:

1. The Wider Property Offer Zone (WPOZ) to be expanded to cover the whole of Stanwell Moor and large parts of Stanwell
2. Parking controls to be put in place in Stanwell Moor and large parts of Stanwell and provide an on-airport taxi/private hire facility
3. HAL to provide an enhanced multi-purpose community hall for Stanwell Moor and Stanwell Village and a new leisure facility in the locality
4. No Immigration Removal Centres in the borough
5. Surface access/public transport measures including to support the light rail scheme being promoted by Spelthorne, new bus routes into Heathrow, support for Spelthorne to be included in Oyster Card zone 6, provide means to minimise vehicle movements, HAL to ensure site and traffic management during construction and cover the cost of any enforcement
6. Air quality must be no worse for residents than it is now but there should be measures to ensure continuous improvement
7. Noise experienced by residents must be no worse than it is now but there should be measures to ensure continuous improvement
8. No changes to the borough boundary
9. Night flights should be banned. Spelthorne supports reducing the number of people overflown by aircraft but more information is needed about what this means for residents
10. Staines Moor should remain undisturbed. Work to redirect the River Colne must not alter the flow or character of the river on the moor

 

Southern Light Railway Scheme

https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/15979/Southern-Light-Rail-link

 

Spelthorne Borough Council is part of the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group, which is a partnership of local authorities who surround the airport looking at the wider strategic local impact of expansion.

The aim of the internal working group is to ensure that airport-related development and infrastructure in Spelthorne is proportionate, appropriate and effectively planned so that benefits are realised and negative impacts on the Borough reduced, mitigated and managed during construction and operation.